When mothers suffer, babies suffer. It's time the world realised this, say maternal mental health experts

26 May 2022

Experts at a roundtable hosted by CNN's gender reporting team – As Equals – discuss the prevalence of perinatal mood disorders, their root causes, the challenges in diagnosing and treating them, and potential solutions. Professor Jane Fisher was invited to contribute to the discussion.

Don’t presume women with chronic conditions don’t want babies

1 May 2022

In a blog for the Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland, Dr Karin Hammarberg shares insights from a literature review revealing that women with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis might miss out on preconception care because health professionals don’t ask them whether they want to become pregnant in the foreseeable future.

World Health Day 2022 webinar: No mental health without planetary health

7 April 2022

On World Health Day, Monash University and Beyond Blue explored the links between climate change, mental health and wellbeing. As a panellist on this webinar, Professor Jane Fisher explored the links between mental health and planetary health. Watch it here on Youtube.

Masada Early Parenting Centre Research Webinar

25 February 2022

Professor Jane Fisher and Dr Karin Stanzel were invited to join a panel discussing a current research project at Masada's Early Parenting Centre. The panel discussed how the Early Parenting Centre is unique to Australia – Professor Fisher and her team hope to show that this approach is highly beneficial to women and children, and doesn’t require a long admission. Additionally, even people who present with complex issues (e.g. borderline personality characteristics, disturbed mood, and anxiety disorders) can highly benefit from this program. There have been no other studies of this scope and rigor in this sector. Watch the webinar on YouTube.

Glimpsing a life after COVID

23 February 2022

Professor Jane Fisher discusses Monash's Fire to Flourish survey and how women have coped through the pandemic. Read more: Jean Hailes website.

Life and Other Catastrophes on ABC Radio Melbourne

Professor Jane Fisher has a regular segment (Mondays, 4:20pm) on ABC Radio Melbourne's Drive with Rafael EpsteinLife and Other Catastrophes – which explores the complications that arise in our relationships, friendships, and daily lives.

In Roe v Wade’s shadow, there’s an urgent need to tackle abortion stigma in Australia

26 May 2022

Dr Shelly Makleff shares insights from a study conducted by the Global and Women's Health unit, which highlights the pervasive stigma and roadblocks to Australian women and pregnancy-capable people seeking abortion care. Read more in Monash Lens.

Intimate partner violence linked to poor pregnancy health in Vanuatu

1 May 2022

Dr Stephanie McKelvie concentrated her BMedSci Honours project on researching the prevalence, patterns and determinants of intimate partner violence (IPV) experienced by women during pregnancy in Vanuatu. The study, which was published in the Lancet Regional Health – Western Pacific, is the first to detail findings about the adverse effects of IPV on pregnancy health in Vanuatu. Read more in Monash Lens.

Why do women still believe in the fertility myth?

25 March 2022

In this Feed Play Love podcast Dr Karin Hammarberg discusses the myth about fertility that persists for both men and women. Karin talks about how likely it is for a woman to fall pregnant after 40 and what needs to change to allow women to have babies when they are most likely to fall pregnant.

VicHealth Health Promotion Awards

22 February 2022

Professor Jane Fisher and ABC radio host Raf Epstein were recipients of the 2021 VicHealth Health Promotion Award for Outstanding Media Reporting. Jane co-hosts ABC Radio's Life and Other Catastrophes weekly program. The segment – which celebrated it's tenth anniversary recently – covers aspects of health and wellbeing, looking at mental and physical health, relationships, habits as well as social pressures. It won for serving as a resource, a comfort, and an outlet for listeners as they are encouraged to call in to share their experiences.